Sherry Phillips, chair– teaches and practices Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, which is a form of touch therapy that decompresses the central nervous system. It is about presence and awareness of what is arising in the system. It is this moment to moment creation that resembles the creation of art. She draws on the vast environment of the Florida Keys and the American Southwest in her glass art creations of stained glass, mosaics and fused glass. Her love of hiking and the outdoors takes her and her dog to northern New Mexico each summer. The rest of the time she can be found in Big Pine Key with her husband where together they run Ichabod Crane Service.
Tom Butler, vice chair- a Key Largo resident, has extensive international business and cultural involvements. He served as president of Westinghouse for Mexico and for Latin America, as well as in numerous assignments managing subsidiaries in Brazil and Venezuela. He speaks fluent Spanish and Portuguese as well as English after 13 years of residence in Latin America. Wherever he lives, the performing arts benefit from his participation and administrative skills. His community service spans the western hemisphere. In Brazil he was president of the American Society, a founding member of the Jeffrey Pike Orphanage, as well as president of the Sao Paulo Strolling Players and the Rio De Janeiro Little Theatre. He served on the New York-based Council of the Americas board of directors. In the Florida Keys, Butler has served as a director with the Key Largo Key Players and on the Florida Keys Council of the Arts advisory board and as Commodore of the Upper Keys Sailing Club. His chief interest in getting more involved with the FKCA is to work towards the creation of a Performance Arts Center in the Upper Keys.
Judy Harris, secretary– is from Chicago and professionally has served as both an Education and a Museum Administrator. She first visited the Upper Keys in the early 70s, and it has since become home for many years. Judy and her husband enjoy traveling, the arts, golf and tennis. They have two children and three grandchildren.
Susanne Woods, treasurer - Susanne retired in 2006 as Provost and Professor of English at Wheaton College, Massachusetts and moved to Sugarloaf Key where she has co-owned a home since 1998. She spent twenty years at Brown University, where she was Professor of English and Associate Dean of the Faculty. In between she spent eight years at Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of English, and during this period she also served for three years as chair of the Cultural Council of Lancaster County. She has written extensively on poetry and poetics. Her PhD in English and comparative literature, with a specialty in renaissance, is from Columbia University.
Lucy Elyse Carleton – is a social dance instructor, TV camera operator/floor director & REALTOR. She teaches social salsa, swing, hustle, Texas 2 step, cha cha and hosts weekly Dance Socials at Paradise Health & Fitness Dance Studio in Key West for over a decade.. Lucy has been involved with recycling since 1989 when she was the director of Recycle Key West. She currently is a GLEE member. She is on the board of the Waterfront Playhouse & the Monroe County Extension Service. Lucy has been a member of the Key West Association of Realtors since 1988 serving as Secretary, Treasurer & on various committees. Working in her yard, which is a Florida Certified Yard (catching rain in barrels, compost & mulch), is what she enjoys in her free time.
Gregory W. Charleston – is a nationally published writer and part-time communications/ program coordinator for the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys. He is also an adjunct professor of English and Creative Writing at the Florida Keys Community College. Prior to moving to Key West in 2009, Greg was president and CEO of the Arts Council of Indianapolis, where he worked for 15 years to increase awareness, funding, and visibility for the city’s artists and arts organizations. He has served on numerous national committees and panels, including the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Arts Midwest, Americans for the Arts, and the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies. Greg is a summa cum laude graduate of Butler University in Indianapolis, with a Master’s degree in English. Greg was named a "Distinguished Hoosier" by former Indiana Governor Evan Bayh and was honored in 2009 by Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard and the City of Indianapolis for his community involvement and city leadership.
Susann D'Antonio – has a BA in Fine Arts and expresses her creativity predominantly through 3 dimensional mixed media projects. Her main focus is on incorporating many natural and recycled elements into the sculptures. She and her husband own Framing in Paradise, a custom frame shop on Big Pine Key, located in Artists in Paradise Gallery. Susann has also been an independent title abstractor since 1988, providing real estate research to lawyers and title companies. Sue has served on the Art in Public Places board for the last 6 years, assisting in placement of art in Monroe County’s public spaces.
Karen Leonard – has been living in Key West since 1992 where the endless supply of rich material attracted her to film and digital media. She works with and documents performing and visual arts and the people that create them. She was a multimedia student at FKCC when she found that part of her creative nature was to document other people’s art. She graduated from Brooklyn College with an MFA in Theater Direction, which led her to teaching and directing children’s theater for the New York City Board of Education. She enjoys music, crafts and traveling with her husband, Aaron.
Lois Giffen, Marathon, visual artist
Keith Bland, Key West; Artist, Commercial Realtor & Leadership Monroe Board member
Cris Sandifer, Key Largo; Past Chair, Graphic artist, Purple Isles Art Guild
Carol Abramovitz, Key West; Arts Patron, Health Management Professional
Jon Allen, Key West. Hotelier, Chair DAC 1 - Tourist Development Council, Community Activist
Theresa Axford, Key West; Monroe County School District Director of Operations
Martha Barnes, Key West; Arts Administrator
Suzanne Campbell, Key West; Manager- Porter Family Ltd Partnership, past Director- Heritage House Museum
Greg Charleston, Key West, former CEO of Arts Council of Indianapolis, published author and consultant
Juliet Gray, Key West; author, editor, director, producer
Bonnie Greenberg, Marathon; General Manager – Marathon Community Theater & Grant writer consultant
Gayle Hewlett, Marathon; Accountant and artist
Michael Mayer, Key Largo; artist
David Miles, Sugarloaf; Producer, Telecommunications & marketing strategist in film, music and tv
Nancy Perez Miller, Key Largo; Architect & general contractor
Deborah Mermelstein, Key West; arts in the hospital liason
Elizabeth Miller, Key West; financial analyst
Sylvia Murphy, Key Largo; Board of County Commissioners
Ann O'Shea Quattrini, Key West; Minerva Productions - Film and Theatrical Producer
Michael Philip, Key West; architectural photographer and media specialist
Mark Pierson, Key West; artist, producer, manager & arts advocate
MaryCarlin Porter, Key West; Arts Patron, Keys Chorale member & KW Botanical Garden Society Board member
William Porter, Key West; career and business coach
Jessica Reilly, Key Largo; Attorneys specializing in family, appellate and criminal law
Christine Scarsella, Key West, owner of Art@830 Gallery
Robert Sax, Key Largo; Coral Shores High School Band Director, Music teacher
Michael Shields, Key West; CEO/Founder, Java Studios; radio talk show host - ArtWaves
Christopher Shultz, Key West; author, actor, director & D.J.
Marcia Somersall, Key West; arts and community activist, businessperson
Joyce Stahl, Key West; Artistic Director and Producer – Nutcracker Key West
Dean Walters, Sugarloaf; FKCC Keys Chorale, Artistic Director; Key West United Methodist Church, Director of Music
Daniela Woody, Islamorada; Independent Marketing Consultant, co-founder Morada Way Arts & Cultural District
David Harrison Wright, Key West; Maritime and Historical Watercolor artist
Dr. Shirley Freeman
Key West; FKCA founding member; former Mayor, Monroe County; retired (20 years) Monroe County school administrator
FKCA Board 1999 - 2006, Chair 2002 - 2004, Patron of the Arts
Key West; President, The Andersen Firm: A Professional Corporation, Attorneys at Law; FKCA Board Chair 1999 - 2002